Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 4/19/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: NBA TV
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+7)
The Minnesota Timberwolves (46-36) are on their way to FedExForum on Tuesday where they will play the Memphis Grizzlies (56-26) in Game 2 of their series. Memphis is 7-point favorites from oddsmakers. The total is 241.
The Timberwolves took home the win by a score of 130-117 in Game 1. In regard to personal fouls, the Timberwolves ended up with 32 and the Grizzlies finished the game with 11 personal fouls. They also made 7 of their 27 attempts from beyond the arc. Memphis shot 74.4% at the free throw line by burying 32 of 43 attempts. Additionally, Memphis collected 27 rebounds (8 offensive, 19 defensive) and added 7 blocked shots. Memphis earned 35 assists and had 25 steals for this contest. In reference to the defense, Minnesota allowed the other team to shoot 45.3% from the floor on 39 of 86 shooting. They also doled out 32 dimes for the game while forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and getting 4 steals. Pertaining to rebounding, they compiled 46 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. From the free throw line, the Timberwolves converted 24 of 27 attempts for a rate of 88.9%. Minnesota walked away from the contest with a 50.0% field goal percentage (45 out of 90) and knocked down 16 out of their 41 shots from beyond the arc.
Anthony Edwards is someone who had an impact in the game. Edwards finished the contest at 52.2% from the field and also earned 6 assists. He saw the court for 40 minutes played and also pulled down 2 boards. He accounted for 36 points on 12 of 23 shooting.
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Minnesota steps onto the court with a win-loss mark of 46-36 this year. They cough up possession 14.3 times per contest and as a group they commit 21.8 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Minnesota is collecting 44.2 rebounds per game and has racked up 2,106 assists for the year, which has them ranked 7th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Timberwolves are hitting 35.8% on shots from beyond the arc (1,211 of 3,386) and 77.8% from the free throw line. They have an average of 115.9 points per contest (1st in the NBA) while hitting 45.7% from the floor.
When they are on the defensive end, the Timberwolves are forcing 16.3 turnovers every game while drawing 20.9 fouls. They relinquish 35.0% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 24th in basketball in PPG allowed (113.3). The Timberwolves defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 46.0% (3,298 of 7,163) and they surrender 45.9 boards per game as a group. They are currently ranked 27th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 2,149 relinquished on the campaign.
In their Game 1 loss, the Grizzlies corralled 27 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards for a total of 35 for the game. They also gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while earning 6 steals for this contest. The Timberwolves earned 17 fouls for the matchup which got the Grizzlies to the charity stripe for a total of 43 shots. They were able to convert 32 of the free throws for a percentage of 74.4%. When discussing 3-pointers, Memphis converted 7 out of 27 tries (25.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Grizzlies walked away from this one shooting 39 for 86 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.3%. The Grizzlies permitted the Timberwolves to bury 45 out of their 90 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 50.0% for the contest. They shot 39.0% from behind the 3-point line by hitting 16 of 41 and ended up shooting 24 out of 27 at the free throw line (88.9%). Concerning how they cleaned up the glass, Memphis allowed Minnesota to grab 35 in total (11 offensive).
Ja Morant was important for the Grizzlies in this game. Morant accumulated 32 points in his 35 mins of playing time and accumulated 8 dimes for this game. He made 8 out of 18 in this matchup giving him a rate of 44.4%, and tallied 4 rebounds.
Memphis has a win-loss record of 56-26 on the year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Grizzlies are hitting on 46.1% from the floor, which is ranked 19th in the NBA. Memphis has accounted for 9,480 points for the campaign (115.6 per game) and they grab 49.2 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 26.0 times per game (6th in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.2 times per game. The Grizzlies commit 19.8 fouls per game and they go 73.4% from the charity stripe.
The Memphis defense allows 34.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter (987 of 2,828) and opponents are knocking down 77.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 25.0 assists and 43.0 rebounds every game, ranking them 16th and 7th in the league. The Grizzlies defensively are ranked 12th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 109.9. They are able to force 15.1 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.5% from the field (10th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Memphis (-7)
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